began acting in Shakespeare plays at the age of thirteen at Truro School in Cornwall, England. By the time he had graduated from the then new University of East Anglia, where he founded the University Dramatic Society and starred at the acclaimed Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, he had created an impressive amateur resume. He taught for a year before spending two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 1969. He then worked in repertory theatres throughout Britain and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Rhys-Davies made his feature film debut in Don Siegel's The Black Windmill, starring Michael Caine, where he was blown up before the title sequence. His eighty plus film credits include Victor/Victoria, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Living Daylights and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. For television, he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Rodrigues in Shogun, starred as Professor Arturo in Sliders, and is remembered for performances in I, Claudius and The Naked Civil Servant. He would like to spend more time piloting planes, playing with old cars and writing.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
John Rhys-Davies Facts
|Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
|Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
|Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III/Squirrel Jokes
|The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
|The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
|Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
|The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
|The Search For The Real Mt. Sinai
|Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
|Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King